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DK's 1st Gen Build

Discussion in '1st Gen Builds (2000-2006)' started by khooiii, Jun 25, 2023.

  1. Jun 25, 2023 at 10:53 PM
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    khooiii

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    What's going on y'all. Moseying on over from the 2.5 side. Unfortunately, my 15 TRD Pro was totaled and decided to pickup a first gen. I'll update this as more stuff shows up.

    11/13/23 Current picture
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    2003 Tundra Access Cab 4WD - Picked it up last Sunday. The kid I bought it off of was ambitious and tried to fit 35's and I had to borrow a friend's stocks just to test drive/take it home. Had some janky custom rear bumper I had to pull off cause I was scared of cutting myself and the license plate bolts snapped while trying to swap the new plates. Already stopped by the fabricator and got on the books for a high clearance rear bumper. Lots of heavy maintenance to do, but overall enjoying the truck.

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    Been super busy doing some heavy maintenance and getting this thing up to par. Swapped out the easy stuff first.
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    Suspension/Steering:
    -Fox 2.5 F
    -Fox 2.0 R
    -Camburg UCA's (These came on the truck, but being patient and holding off till I decide what I want to do here)
    -Icon Progressive AAL
    -Front Differential Drop
    -Energy Suspension Poly Steering Rack Bushings
    -333 Fabrications Billet Rack Clamp mount
    -333 Fabrications Cam Eliminator Kit
    -Coachbuilder/Ekstrom Designs front shims

    Wheels/Tires:
    -Stealth Custom Series Wheels F5 17x9 -38
    -305/70/17 Toyo Open Country AT3

    Interior:
    -LED Map/Dome Light
    -Full LED Gauge Cluster
    -Full LED HVAC Controls
    -Midland MXT275 GMRS Radio
    -Sony XAV AX7000 Headunit
    -Kenwood Door Speakers
    -NVX 10" Underseat subwoofer
    -Auxbeam 8 gang switch controller
    -3D printed sunglass holder auxbeam mount
    -Wolfbox G850 Dash cam
    -Custom Rear Seat Delete Platform
    -AJK Offroad Milwaukee Packout Mount
    -12v Fridge
    -XPEL Ceramic Window Tint 5% + 50% Windshield

    Exterior/Lighting
    -Rago Fabrication Ditch Light Bracket
    -Baja Designs Squadron Sport - Amber Combo

    -Evil Manufacturing 3rd Brake Light
    -Baja Designs S2 - Amber Wide Cornering

    -KC Hilites Cyclones V1 Underhood Lights
    -Black Housing Headlights
    -Colight LED Retrofit
    -Lasfit LED Switchback Turn Signals

    -Anzo LED Tail lights
    -Cali Raised LED 43" Light bar - Hidden lower bumper
    -Baja Designs XL Sport (Factory fog location) - Amber Wide Cornering
    -KC Hilites Cyclone V2 - Rock Lights
    -Black Roof - Painted metallic black
    -US Cargo Control L Track Tie Downs - In bed
    -5150 LED Whip - DIY Mount

    Engine/Performance:
    -Magnaflow 14" muffler
    -ICS Fab Billet Battery Terminals


    Some additional photos!
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    How she sits today.
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    Last edited: Nov 28, 2023
  2. Jun 26, 2023 at 7:53 PM
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    khooiii

    khooiii [OP] New Member

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    Finally got off the 4R stocks.
    Toyo Open country AT3 305/70/17
    SCS F5 17x9 -38

    305’s might have been a bit ambitious but sucking it up until I can knock back the pinch weld tomorrow. Also need to raise the front coilovers. Ride height is a touch too low
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  3. Jun 26, 2023 at 8:14 PM
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    Sunnier

    Sunnier Pity the warrior that slays all his foes

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    Ok, now I'm invested. Want to know what you do to get those tires to clear with full articulation (including reverse at full lock) without stacking a spacer atop shocks. :popcorn:

    Sure looks good!
     
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  4. Jun 26, 2023 at 8:23 PM
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    They currently rub like hell. I got more ambition than sense haha. Coilovers are set real low so I need to turn them up, cut the pinch weld back and probably beat the cab with a mallet. Trim the flare and we’ll figure it out as we go haha. My last tundra had 37’s so I was NOT going to settle with any tire that started with a 2 :rofl:
     
  5. Jun 26, 2023 at 8:36 PM
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    Sunnier Pity the warrior that slays all his foes

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    Alright, good luck! :fistbump:

    What we've seen is, you may get them to clear for mall crawling, but any good hit off road will bust the seam at the top of your front fenders, then the real challenge begins.

    Not judging: if you're good with looking fabulous at the mall, you'll for sure get this dialed in! If you're wanting to hit the trails tho, I'd suggest checking Casper421's thread as the most recent 1st gen guy to install 35's... then adjust back a bit.
     
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  6. Jun 26, 2023 at 8:43 PM
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    Thanks for that advice. Luckily my fab guy is prepared for my shenanigans haha. I know the 2.5 gen like the back of my hand, but im flying blind on this one. Goal is to leave it mostly alone after this gets dialed, armor it up, and hopefully get a solo motorsports kit. Really enjoying the truck overall and I’m no stranger to cutting and custom fab so hopefully I’m responsible enough to keep it in one piece until then haha
     
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  7. Jun 29, 2023 at 4:15 PM
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    Got the switch controller mocked up with a 3D printed housing. I normally run them down low, but I’m enjoying a clutter free center console.
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    Cut me some slack I know it’s out of focus but it’s 100 degrees outside and I’m tired of workin on this thing. Cranked up the front coilovers a little bit and could probably go more but I’m free and clear of rubbing for now.

    Cut and smashed the pinch welds back, seam sealed it, and hit it with some raptor liner under coating.
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  8. Jul 23, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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    Threw on some lasfit pods for fog lights. Thought the sharp cutoff was going to work really well for daily driving... these things suck lol.

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  9. Jul 24, 2023 at 6:26 PM
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    Super crude rear seat platform. Put piano hinges so I can still access the rear storage. Recycled the AJK off-road milwaukee packout mount from the last truck so I can anchor the tools and keep it somewhat tidy. May redo it, may scrap it, may leave it. :notsure:
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  10. Sep 14, 2023 at 6:58 PM
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    Added some stuff here and there. Need to throw on a few parts. Here’s the update.


    Installed:
    Icon progressive add a leaf - no overload spring
    Evil MFG third brake light with 2 BD s2 wide cornering
    Kc Hilites cyclones v2 rock lights

    Still sitting lol:
    Diff drop
    Coachbuilder/ekstrom designs front shims
    (Might be able to remove some driver side lean and get me to a height where I don’t rub when bottoming out)

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  11. Oct 12, 2023 at 6:33 PM
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    Starter shit the bed today. Luckily was parked at my buddy’s shop helping him weld shock hoops and mounting secondary bypasses on another buddy’s 460 haha. smacked it for a solid 10 minutes before throwing in the towel.

    Also no luck on finding a junkyard vvti to pull the swap off while the manifold was off. Oh well.
     
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  12. Oct 13, 2023 at 7:32 PM
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    Finally ordered a factory rear bumper. Was going to go custom fab, but I’m opting to wait till I have glass on the truck. Been rolling around without a rear bumper for months lol.
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  13. Oct 28, 2023 at 9:10 PM
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    This little project started with trying to readjust the bumper. :rofl:

    Gutted the factory fog light pockets in favor for Baja Designs XL sport wide cornerings I had laying around. Proportionally way better, but wouldn’t recommend this to someone with a minty bumper.

    Completely impractical on the street cause the spread is so wide/tall, but these will do so much better off-road.
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  14. Oct 30, 2023 at 9:14 PM
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    KC Cyclone dome light attempt. Leftover parts and scrap ABS. Definitely didn’t go as planned but wanted to see if it was possible. In the right hands…. Probably. In mine? Definitely not lol

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  15. Nov 3, 2023 at 6:14 PM
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    Addressing the neglected roof. Started off with 1000 grit wet sand for vinyl wrap but the cheap stuff I just wasn’t liking. Ended up sanding the roof the rest of the way and spraying it black. Did all the prep and my buddy sprayed it for me.
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  16. Nov 4, 2023 at 12:40 PM
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    Looking a lot better. F01140B0-4B14-4C2F-99DC-46344D31AAF8.jpg
     
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  17. Nov 6, 2023 at 6:36 PM
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    More recycled parts from the last truck. Wreck was so gnarly it smashed a few cob chips on the whip so I zip tied it to get it to work. Won’t be going fast for now, but the light at camp is definitely welcomed.

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    LED strip under hood light
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    Scrapped the light and use two KC Hilites cyclones. Still recycling parts lol
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  19. Nov 19, 2023 at 6:09 AM
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    333 Fabrications billet steering rack clamp, cam eliminator kit, and poly steering rack bushings, and new steering rack installed.

    Massive upgrade. Truck tracks so much straighter. Steering is a lot more predictable and linear. Steering input tightened up quite a bit and with the caster set at the max forward position the return to center doesn’t feel nearly as abrupt.

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  20. Nov 21, 2023 at 11:22 AM
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    Got any pictures of this?
     
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  21. Nov 21, 2023 at 11:24 AM
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    For being one of my favorite mods I actually don’t haha. I’ll get you one when I get back to the truck.

    EDIT: best one i got for now
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  22. Nov 21, 2023 at 11:49 AM
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    When was your timing belt last replaced?
     
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    Cool. I was trying to find this on their website. It fit perfectly?
     
  25. Nov 21, 2023 at 12:33 PM
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    40k ago. Have receipt from prior owner and belt looks in great shape
     
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    It requires drilling into the roof and installing rivnuts. Fitment depends how accurate you are but no issues.
     
  27. Nov 25, 2023 at 1:50 PM
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    Undoing the bs the kid that owned this before me did. Found an essentially rust free tow hitch for $55. I had to pull it, but the pics had the rear wheels and tires on. This is how I ended up having to pull the bumper and hitch… with no jack this took way longer than I wanted.

    FYI bumper is in decent shape if you’re close to Dallas. Left it in the bed.

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    Went to the gun range. Snapped a decent pic of the rear end with that Evil MFG third brake light.

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  29. Nov 28, 2023 at 5:14 PM
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    ICS Fab billet battery terminals. Chased a no start couple weekends ago. Rusted terminals under the clamp for the ground. Also cracked the cheap autozone terminal upon reinstalling. Figured I’d upgrade and be done with it. Besides who doesn’t like billet?
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    Kicking around the idea of going black for the flares temporarily since the clear is peeling on them. I know it’ll open a can of worms so I probably won’t follow through with it.
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